About us

About us

The Prisoners Aid Association of NSW was formed in 1901. For over a century we have been providing practical help to inmates, ex-inmates and their families.

The Association currently receives funding from Corrective Services NSW to provide support services to inmates held in:

  • Emu Plains
  • Parklea
  • Compulsory Drug Treatment Correctional Centre
  • Dawn De Loas
  • Dillwynia
  • John Morony
  • Outer Metropolitan Multi-Purpose Centre
  • Kariong
  • Long Bay Complex (selected areas)
  • Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre
  • Silverwater Women’s

Donations from members and supporters are used to help inmates and ex-offenders obtain identification documents and work-related training, both of which are integral to their re-establishment in the community.

Our staff

  • Craig Baird (Manager)
  • Lois Dillon (Welfare worker, Property Services & Mates on the Move)

Our board

TimLTim Laporte, Chairman and President
Having spent over a decade in executive leadership roles, and close to twice that on his own personal development journey, Tim brings life experience to his work as an advisor, coach, facilitator, change professional and co-founder for Leadership Partners.

An active scholar in the field of leadership development, Tim adopts a flexible approach and recognises the relevance of the emotional, practical and political aspects of executive performance. He has a track record in building highly productive senior teams and has done so for organisations such as Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac and NSW Health.

Tim brings his considerable executive and leadership experience to his position of Chairman and President of the Prisoners Aid Association of NSW Board.

MargaretAMargaret Anderson, Vice President

Margaret is currently the Deputy Director of the Australian Classification Board and has executive level skills in leadership, innovation and partnership management, forged within sensitive political and regulatory environments in the New South Wales, the Northern Territory and Commonwealth strata of government.

Over the past ten years, Margaret has operated with high levels of autonomy to lead the development and implementation of local and cross-jurisdictional legislative reform, strategic direction and operational policy; developing programs and driving the delivery of services to change priorities. She have engaged with community groups and non-government organisations to forge collaborative partnership networks and to connect them to government and academia.

Margaret has previously worked with the Department of Corrective Services in both NSW and the NT and brings a wealth of corrective services experience to her role as Vice President on the Prisoners Aid Association of NSW Board.

FrankBFrank Burke, Treasurer

Frank is currently the Operations Manager for the Arts Health Institute and has previous experience with finance and operations with Fossil Group Incorporated and Mulgrew Pharmacies.

Frank has over a decade of experience with accounting, financial reporting and business development, and brings these skills as well as business strategy, commercial planning and commercial finance and management to his role as Treasurer the Prisoners Aid Association of NSW Board.

LaurenOLauren Osbich, Board Secretary

Lauren is currently the General Manager of TimeBase Pty Ltd and is an admitted solicitor with almost a decade of experience as a dedicated technical legal research specialist. She is a strong project manager that enjoys working with people to help them overcome the challenges of embracing new technology and changes in their workflow.

Lauren takes great pride in her ability to bridge the gap between technology and deep knowledge in the legal field and Lauren is passionate about giving back to the community through the not for profit sector as well as donating time to mentor and coach young lawyers in their professional development through university.

Lauren brings these skills, as well as her legal expertise, to her role on the Prisoners Aid Association of NSW Board.

RogerWRoger West

Roger is a founding director and principal consultant of WestWood Spice, a specialist consulting group with particular expertise and high regard in the community and public sectors.

Roger is the former Commissioner for Community Services in NSW, first President of the NSW Guardianship Tribunal and former CEO and/or board member of a number of non-government community agencies. He was founder and Chair of Midnight Basketball Australia, a successful social enterprise directed at children at risk. He was also Deputy Chair of UnitingCare Burnside/Children, Young People and Families and Deputy Chair of the NSW Council of Social Service.

Roger is an experienced lawyer, manager and strategist and brings this experience and his links within the not for profit network to his role on the Prisoners Aid Association of NSW Board.

ShayneWShayne McKenzie

Shayne is currently the Director, Human Resources, as the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal and is an executive leader with strong operations and people leadership experience. He is an accredited coach and talent management consultant focused on improving the performance of his organisation by assisting leaders make the best decisions regarding the selection, development, retention and engagement of their talent.

Shayne has a deep expertise in culture, team and leadership development including the design, facilitation and program management of leadership and team development programmes to cascade mindset and behaviour change throughout organisations.

Shayne shares his wealth of experience with leadership, coaching and talent management to his position as well as his specialities in human resources, team development and culture management and development with his role on the Prisoners Aid Association of NSW Board.

TanyaBTanya Baini

Tanya is currently the General Manager, Sustainability and Government Relations, for Coca-Cola Amatil and is a member of the Board of Reclink Australia.

Tanya has over fifteen years’ experience with media relations, corporate communications and public relations and brings this wealth of knowledge as well as her experience with stakeholder management and engagement and strategic communications to her role on the Prisoners Aid Association of NSW Board.

BenSBen Shields

Ben is currently Distribution Manager for Australia, New Zealand & Hong Kong at The LEGO Group where he is a member of the APAC & China Regional Supply Chain Planning & Distribution Team.

Ben has over 16 years’ experience in operations, logistics and supply chain management and is currently completing his MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management. He brings his industry expertise, along with substantial leadership, strategic planning and change management skills to both the Mates on the Move program and his role on the board of the Prisoners Aid Association of NSW.


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